The twin fires at the Mendocino Complex are now on record as being the largest blazes in California history, having burned through 300,086 acres and counting.
The state's top five largest blazes occurred within the last five years, according to Cal Fire records stretching back to 1932, underscoring the role of climate change in fueling increased wildfire activity.
“What we’re seeing in California right now is more destructive, larger fires burning at rates that we have historically never seen,” Jonathan Cox, a Cal Fire spokesman, told CNN recently.
Scientists attribute this surge of fire activity to climate change, which is driving up temperatures and priming extremely dry brush for ignition.
Human-driven warming is drying out forests to the point that peak fire seasons in the region have increased every year by about nine days since 2000, according to a 2017 study.